With the onset of covid, biometric devices are a thing of some long-lost past. Nevertheless companies have found a new way to measure diligence of their remote workforce by mandating them to connect to productivity tracking tools. This means if you have been away from your laptop for a few minutes or using social media, your employer may know! More tech-savy organizations get employees to login to VPNs and enforce them to click on a screen that prompts ‘Start Work’. From that point on, all activities of the employee are tracked. The rise of remote working has spurred faster adoption…

Over the last few years of my professional life, several times have I been made to feel guilty of the desire to reach home on time. Work-from-home days pose out to be an even greater challenge since throughout the day, I am left to juggle between household chores, spending quality time with my child and meeting the expectations of my employer. It’s truly a work of art to be able to flawlessly manage roles both at home and work with equal efficiency. The starvation to reach excellence on both fronts has led me onto a seemingly endless and exhaustive journey…

If a robot dies, would it make you sad? For lots of people, the answer could be “yes”. A recent relevant example is that of an AI-powered available robot called Nao. When under an environment of controlled experimentation 89 people were asked to turn it off, most of them refused to do so because Nao pleaded to stay on. In another case, an American marketing executive had been used to sharing her home office with Jibo. For most of the time, she found it dumb and annoying. However, when soon after Jibo’s makers announced its death sentence, the same executive…

Infodemic refers to the spread of fake news around coronavirus pandemic. While experts claim that false information around this topic is spreading faster than the virus itself, here is a strategy tech giants claim to be following to inhibit the spread of falsehood:

  1. Promoting good information: Highlighting the best information is paramount. Searching coronavirus on Google and YouTube will get you the latest stories from trusted news sources, followed by links to WHO and CDC. On similar lines, Amazon, Facebook and Twitter are giving away advertising slots to trusted organizations to spread the right message.
  2. Demoting bad information: This is…

Traditionally agile has been used by small teams where the scope of work did not require anything more than what this team could handle. But as the need for enterprise level agility proliferated, large-scale agile implementations made their way to development centers. While considering all the delivery nuances, such implementations help software teams to deliver their products to market faster, and not just develop faster. In spite of many potential benefits, these agile transformations are fraught with challenges such as communication issues, lack of flexibility, and missing coordination. …

In the digital world of today, organizations must be able to deliver value to their customers faster than ever! This increasing demand for business agility necessitated the need for software development teams to evolve beyond vanilla agile and opt for large scale agile implementations.

Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is one such methodology that allows companies to apply lean-agile practices at the enterprise level whilst including everyone starting from professionals who gather requirements to teams responsible for deployment and monitoring of production environments. As lucrative as it may sound, application of this framework is considered to be a tedious and complicated…

I frequently find myself trying to predict what the world will be like for my young kids when they are ready to enter the job market. As a parent, we need to guide our children into a worthwhile and promising career but how do we do that? I don’t have a definitive answer, but I do have an approach of a learning process that can help our kids in developing the most unpredictable skills- that too in a fun way. Here are the steps:

  1. Set up a physical board, as shown in the picture above.
  2. Fill the Learn column with…

Why I chose to read this book?

Inspired by the 3rd most watched TED talk of all time, this book demonstrates how organizations guided by a strong sense of WHY have been succeeding more often than their peers. I first came across this concept some months ago and was instantly hooked on to the idea.

My Rating:

4/5

Personal take-away:

The crux here is to start looking out for a reason in everything that we do. Through an extremely convincing way, the author proves that history’s most noteworthy leaders and companies naturally get this right by communicating their why in the right way. I would recommend Start with Why to everyone…

The talent acquisition industry has never been shy about embracing innovation. The internet arrived and soon after, online job search portals were all over the place; LinkedIn launched in 2003 and is now lookup guide of every recruiter.

Continuing the trend, here are the top 3 technology advancements recruitment industry is looking up to:

1) Big Data — It can help to predict hiring needs of companies in real-time. A specific branch of it called People Analytics can further help a recruiter to analyse the data of great talent already existing in the company in order to predict the skills…

Money is the last thing you would want to trust Mark Zuckerberg with, but this didn’t deter him from announcing his foray into the world of cryptocurrency via Libra. I wonder if the fact that more billionaires are Librans than any other single zodiac sign- made him choose this name. Irrespective of the origin, Libra is aimed earning profits from people who do not have access to bank accounts, or as Facebook had put it more diplomatically: “For anyone with a smartphone, it should be as easy to send money as it is to send a photo.”

Libra is indeed…

Siddhi Thakkar

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